10 Longest Suspension Bridges in the United States
These are the 10 longest suspension bridges in the United States. Anyone who has traveled around the USA by car, truck, bus or RV has probably traveled over most of these great bridges that span bodies of water near some of the most popular tourist cities and places in the country. One of these bridges is itself one of the most popular tourist sites in the United States and the most photographed bridge in the world. Due to the tall heights of suspension bridges great views of New York, San Francisco and other popular cities and places in the USA can be seen from these iconic landmark bridges.
1) Verrazano-Narrows Bridge - 4,260 feet
The 4,260 foot long Verrazano-Narrows Bridge which spans the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island where the Hudson River empties into the Atlantic Ocean in New York City is the longest suspension bridge in the United States and 8th longest suspension bridge in the world. Built from 1959 to 1964 the Verrazano-Narrows was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1981 and was named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano the first European to sail through the Narrows in 1524. From its great clearance height of 228 feet above the water travelers over the bridge get fantastic views of New York including the Manhattan skyline and the Verrazano can be seen from great distances around the New York metropolitan area.
2) Golden Gate Bridge - 4,200 feet
The 4,200 foot long Golden Gate Bridge which spans the Golden Gate strait which connects San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean is the 2nd longest suspension bridge in the United States and 9th longest suspension bridge in the world. When completed in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world and today is still the most photographed bridge in the world due to its great beauty and location. The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic landmark of the great tourist city of San Francisco, California and just an impressive sight to behold.
3) Mackinac Bridge - 3,800 feet
The Mackinac Bridge which spans the Straits of Mackinac where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan is the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the United States and 12th longest suspension bridge in the world at 3,800 feet. Completed in 1957 the Mackinac Bridge was long envisioned to make Michigan whole connecting the Upper Peninsula with all its great natural beauty and tourist attractions with the rest of the state.
4) George Washington Bridge - 3,500 feet
The George Washington Bridge or GWB to locals in the New York area spans the Hudson River connecting Fort Lee, New Jersey with Manhattan is the 4th longest suspension bridge in the country and the 18th longest suspension bridge in the world. Built from 1927 to 1931 the George Washington Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until the Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937. With the addition of a lower deck in 1962 the GWB sees some 106 million vehicles cross over it each year making it the world's most traveled bridge in the world. Great views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline can be seen from the George Washington Bridge.
5 & 6) Tacoma Narrows Bridge - 2,800 feet
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge consists of two separate bridges that span the Tacoma Narrows strait in the Puget Sound separating the city of Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula in the state of Washington. Both of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges are 2,800 feet long which ties them as the 5th longest suspension bridges in the United States and 31st longest suspension bridges in the world. The first suspension bridge built over the Tacoma Narrows collapsed four months after being built in 1940. The second Tacoma Narrows Bridge was completed in 1950 and due to heavy traffic another bridge was added in 2007. The 1950 Tacoma Narrows Bridge was then converted to just westbound traffic and the 2007 bridge handles the eastbound traffic.
7) Al Zampa Memorial Bridge - 2,388 feet
The Al Zampa Memorail Bridge spans the Carquinez Strait where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers drain into San Francisco Bay about 15 miles north of Oakland, California. The Al Zampa Memorial Bridge which is often called the Carquinez Bridge is 2,388 feet long which makes it the 7th longest suspension bridge in the USA and 37th longest suspension bridge in the world. Unscrupulous tourist shop owners will sometimes sell t-shirts with a photo of Al Zampa Bridge on them but claiming it is the Golden Gate Bridge so they can avoid paying royalties. Al Zampa was a construction worker who helped build many California bridges and is famous for surviving a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.
8) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge - 2,310 feet
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge connects San Francisco and Oakland along Route 80 in Northern California and at 2,310 feet is the 8th longest suspension bridge in the United States and 41st longest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge was opened in 1936 and suffered severe damage including a collapsed deck during the 1989 World Series earthquake that occurred on live TV before the start of the 3rd game of the World Series that pitted the Oakland A's against the San Francisco Giants.
9) Whitestone Bridge - 2,300 feet
Image Source by David Torres
The Whitestone Bridge spans the East River between the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx in New York City. Opened in 1939 the Whitestone Bridge is 2,300 feet long which makes it the 9th longest suspension bridge in the USA and 42nd longest suspension bridge in the world. Great views of New York can be seen from the Whitestone but not nearly as good as can be seen from the nearby Verrazano and George Washington Bridges.
10) Delaware Memorial Bridge - 2,150 feet
The Delaware Memorial Bridge spans the mouth of the Delaware River between the states of New Jersey and Delaware and carries traffic over the river along Interstate 295. Consisting of two separate identical bridges that are 2,150 feet long which makes them the 10th and 11th longest suspension bridges in the United States and 45th and 46th longest suspension bridges in the world the Delaware Memorail Bridge is a toll bridge that sees heavy traffic which sometimes backs up for hours at a time.
For more see Suspension Bridges in New York City